Well, things are getting a little better for creative artists in Europe. Google Inc’s You Tube recently signed an agreement with three French royalty-collection societies to pay artists when their works are shown on the video-sharing website. Under the deal, the societies will receive payments from You-Tube. They in turn will then redistribute the money to their members.
This agreement applies only to content viewed in France, Belgium and Luxembourg and retroactively covers content viewed on You Tube since 2007 and up to 2013. This is real progress in the sad state of royalties being paid to the artist. For about 10 years, there have not been any real policies on the matter since being able to download and receive instantly from concert to listening device was made so available by each and every new hand-held phone or gizmo.
The director of the Society of Authors and Composers in France, Pascal Rogard, said “It shows that there is a middle ground between protecting authors’ rights and making [content] available online. We are looking to collaborate with so many European artists as possible.”